06 May 2014

Evening Express: "Dream Home"

Evening Express: "Dream Home"

Aberdein Considine property Hill Of Braiklay Croft, Tarves features in an Evening Express Editorial.

Aberdein Considine property Hill Of Braiklay Croft, Tarves features in an Evening Express Editorial.

The following is an extract from an article which appeared in the Friday 2nd of May 2014 edition of the Evening Express;

"Country home has been animal magic.

Plenty of space for family’s pets.

Animal lovers Jane and David Ellis knew they’d found the perfect place when they saw the space on offer at this countryside home. The traditionally built former croft was the ideal home for Jane, 62, David, 63, their three children and their collection of animals.

“We currently have two Shetland ponies, five sheep, twelve hens, two dogs, a cat and a rooster,” Jane said.  “We used to have a lot more animals though. When we saw the house we fell in love with it and it also had great land surrounding so it was perfect for us.”

The five-bedroom detached home in Tarves, which the family moved to in 2000, offers vast living space set within a plot of 2.7 acres with views over open countryside. The home sits within commuting distance of Ellon, Dyce and Aberdeen.

“We moved from the other side of Ellon because we were looking for somewhere with land,” Jane said. “Tarves is only a mile down the road and Ellon is really close as well. Inverurie isn’t far either so it’s bang in the middle really and everything you could need is a short drive away.”

To the side and rear of the house are large well kept gardens as well as two patio areas, a garden pond, a shed and greenhouse. The home also has the unusual addition of an old railway truck in the garden, providing additional outside storage.

With their animals on site and an enviable amount of land, Jane and David, an offshore derrickman, make the most of their surroundings. “It’s a lovely garden. I spend a lot of time outside. It takes a lot of work but we enjoy it,” said Jane.

“We get great views from the back garden and on the other side as well. There are woods on either side so the property is quite sheltered.” Inside the property, the décor gives the country home a cosy atmosphere. It is decorated mostly in neutral tones with a splash of colour in their son Patrick’s old room. “We just decorated as we went along. I prefer the more antique look, I’m definitely not a minimalist, I like the cottage effect,” Jane said.  “It’s a traditional property as it used to be a croft. Patrick’s old room is pea green but the rest of the house is mostly neutral coloured walls.” With five bedrooms, all of which are double rooms, a detached double garage and stables, the house is an ideal home for an outdoors-loving family.

With three public rooms to choose between, the house is also ideal for entertaining friends. “My favourite room is the sitting room, it’s really big, light and airy,” said Jane. “The kitchen is also a good place to spend time, the kitchen and living area are always people’s favourites.” With many happy memories in the home over the last 14 years, the family are sad to leave it behind as they move on.

Jane and David, whose children are now grown up, are set to move to their family home in Ellon, which was built by Jane’s great grandfather, to be closer to Jane’s mum. “We love this property so it will be sad to leave it,” Jane said. “I will miss being in the country, we have so much wildlife here. There are woods we can walk through too, I’m a country girl so I will miss this for sure.” "



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